This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
This could be the SEC's year. The top of the conference is stocked with talented and experienced teams. Tennessee and Mississippi State bring back their starting lineups. Auburn suffered some personnel losses, but bring back a pair of suspended impact players (Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy). LSU has possibly the league's best player (Tremont Waters) and bring in an excellent recruiting class. Did someone say recruiting? Let's not forget Kentucky. Coach John Calipari brings in forward Reid Travis, his usual top first-year player class, and has some returning talent. It is going to be an incredible battle.
As shown below, most of the top fantasy stars will likely come from teams that do not figure into that battle. Even these squads will have something interesting to show in conference play. Could some of these players lead their teams to a surprising place in the SEC? It's possible, but the conference is going to be so competitive up and down the ladder that team quality may be more important than guys who accumulate counting stats. We, however, want and need those numbers. Let's see who will get them for us.
Center: Chris Silva, South Carolina Gamecocks
The 6-foot-9 senior made a nice leap in production in his first season as the go-to player for the Gamecocks. He provided 14.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 25.8 minutes. If he was so important to South Carolina, why did he play so sparingly? Silva still had a propensity to foul. He accrued